And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
 

28:20 good courage. This expression—“be strong and of good courage”—occurs at least eleven times in the Old Testament. It was spoken first by Moses (Deuteronomy 31:6), last by Hezekiah (II Chronicles 32:7). This is still a good admonition today.

28:20 forsake thee. Similarly, the promise—“He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee”—occurs at least four times in the Old Testament, first at Deuteronomy 31:6 and last in this verse. It is quoted in essence in Hebrews 13:5.


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